From Yahoo! Movies:
Starring: Jason Statham, Tyrese Gibson, Joan Allen, Ian McShane, Natlie Martinez.
Rating: R for strong violence and language.
Terminal Island, New York: 2020. Overcrowding in the U.S. penal system has reached a breaking point. Prisons have been turned over to a monolithic Weyland Corporation, which sees jails full of thugs as an opportunity for televised sport. Adrenalized inmates, a global audience hungry for violence and a spectacular, enclosed arena come together to form the 'Death Race', the world's biggest, most brutal sporting event. Five-time NASCAR champion Jensen Ames is a man who has become an expert at survival. After eight years of hard time, he has only six weeks before reuniting with his family. But when Weyland demands a driver to headline the big game, Ames is forced to submit. Donning the costume of mythical rider Frankenstein, the racer becomes an instant crowd favorite, an unequaled sporting superstar. His face hidden by a metallic black mask, one convict will be put through a brutal three day challenge, with the trophy being the ultimate prize: freedom. The only catch is that he must survive a gauntlet of the most vicious criminals in this post-industrial wasteland to claim it. Driving a monster car outfitted with machine guns, flamethrowers and grenade launchers, Ames must now kill or be killed to win the most treacherous spectator sport on Earth: 'Death Race'.
Hmmm, this movie was about an ex race car driver man who was wrongfully framed of murdering his wife and then sent to prison to race in the Death Race. The Death Race is what certain prisoners are racing in for their freedom. In Fast & the Furious, the racers race for pink slips, in The Death Race, they race for freedom.
I don't know why I watched this movie. I had absolutely no desire to watch it in the theaters and yet I watched this movie. I thought it was pretty lame for the most part but for some unexplainable reason, I sat through this movie and watched it from beginning to end. I was entertained but for the life of me, I couldn't figure out why. I thought Jason Statham's character got hosed and I wanted to punch the Wardens' face more than a dozen times throughout this movie. This movie is like a mix of Fast & the Furious and The Condemned. Lots of action, lots of cheese and lots of ridiculous dialogue made up this movie. Would I recommend it? Not really, it was just meh.